Spain Guide


Tenerife Tourist Attractions Things to Do

Tenerife offers a huge number and variety of daytime attractions. Buses here are plentiful and cheap or for the more adventurous there are camel, donkey and jeep safaris. Or travel in the comfort of an air conditioned hire car to explore the island which provides everything from golf and go karting to volcanoes, huge lava formations and Peruvian style pyramids.

Top of your list and certainly the "high" point of your holiday must be a trip up Mount Teide, the world's third highest volcano and Spain's tallest peak.

The 3,718 metre high volcano is the island's most dramatic feature. It stands at the heart of Las Cañadas Natural Park a protected zone, 17 kilometres wide, with lava formations, steep cliffs, vertical walls and volcanic rocks.

Some visitors have complained that organised tours to Mount Teide allowed them too little time to really appreciate its splendour. So you may prefer to make your own way there and take the cable car to the top. You'll rise up through the clouds to marvel at the gigantic crater measuring 20 kilometres in diameter. This is one of the few places on earth where the sea can be seen from the top of such a high mountain.

The island has numerous volcanoes, including Chinyero which last erupted only 90 years ago.

At Icod de los Vinos, on the west coast, you can visit the Cueva del Viento (Cave of the Wind) which is the largest volcanic cavity in the world. This is also the place to see the ancient and mythological dragon trees (Los Dragos) which have thrived on the island since before the last Ice Age. Some of the trees you'll see today are 800 years old.

In the south of the island in the Valley of Guimar there are the six mysterious Chacona pyramids similar to those found in Mexico and Peru built from angular blocks quarried from lava flows.

Puerto de la Cruz is one of Tenerife's most popular tourist destinations an attractive Canarian town with quaint streets, historic buildings and some top visitor attractions including the Lido de Martinez complex and Loro park.

The Lido is a beautifully laid out complex of seven pools and fountains with palm shaded terraces and lava rockeries spread over a total of seven acres.

At the popular Loro Park, just outside Puerto de la Cruz, you'll be able to enjoy a wealth of animal attractions including parrots and penguins, dolphin shows, sea lions, gorillas, an aquarium and jaguars.

Tenerife Zoo and the Eagles Park (Parque Las Aguilas) are both within easy reach of Los Christianos and Playa de las Americas. The zoo has a monkey park and an adjacent camel breeding centre.

Try to fit in a trip over to the small island of Gomera, to the south west of Tenerife. Take the ferry or hydrofoil from Los Christianos and lose yourself in the natural wonders of the Parque Nacional de Garajonay.

An ancient laurel forest lies at the heart of this 10,000 acre national park where a magical mist is created by the cool Atlantic trade winds clashing with warmer breezes. Little light penetrates the canopy of this dense forest where the trees are swathed in moss and lichen.